Gary Woodland sets PGA Championship record before storm suspends play

Brooks Koepka

There should be plenty of excitement heading into the final two rounds of competition.

For all the talk about the PGA Championship being the red-headed stepchild of the major season, Sunday at Bellerive Country Club could be the year's most exciting of all the majors.

No doubt that is a daunting gap to make up on the two-time US Open champion - who if he wins on Sunday night will have remarkable collected three of the last seven majors - but this crowd will believe Woods is once again capable of anything after witnessing him haul himself to within two shots of the lead with a five birdies in a dramatic front nine.

Scott's countryman Jason Day was flirting with a leaderboard charge on moving day, snaring two birdies on his front nine, before a dropped shot at the 10th and and a birdie at the 13th have left him at seven under.

Brooks Koepka holds a 54-hole lead as he looks to win his third major, but Rickie Fowler is in the hunt looking for his first, and Tiger Woods sits just four shots back as he eyes a massive exclamation point to his return season.

Gary Woodland has been at the top of the leader board for three days with the swagger of a dancing bear, but he finally found the altitude too much and took a mortifying 7 at the par-4 10th.

"You can just have a quick look down the first page of the leaderboard and look who is there, it's great players and players in the best form this year", marveled Scott, who shot a round-of-the-day 65 to move into second place.

"It would be more than twice the thrill for me, but I think no matter who wins tomorrow I think if that person has met Jarrod Lyle, then they will have felt something with him passing this week", Scott said.

Adam Scott
PGA Championship 2018 Adam Scott is just shots off the lead

England's Wallace produced one of the most memorable moments of the tournament by claiming a "mindblowing" hole in one on the par-three 16th.

He had a chance to revive the hysteria with a crack at eagle at the 17th, only to three-putt for yet another par. "The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough. I thought if I didn't pull it off and hit the tree, I'd be somewhere down into the trees and still be able to make five".

But it is the first time in 14 tournaments this year that Woods has faced more than 18 holes in one day due to a weather delay.

"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said. "It's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat. It was a long day".

"Guys are making birdie from everywhere", Woods said, "so it's going to be a little different this afternoon". He rained his short irons on the downy greens for five birdies and was two strokes off the lead as he made the turn, setting off a chain reaction of noise across Bellerive.

Then he began the third round with consecutive birdies and an already boisterous gallery at Bellerive became even more engaged.

Finau shot a 4-under 66 that bordered on manic. "Being in Tiger's group is always exciting". I just have to make birdies. "St. Louis has never seen Tiger up close, so it's pretty insane and it makes it a lot more fun".

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